Heart Failure, or congestive heart failure (CHF), is a type of Heart Disease, once described by Kate Chopin as “the joy that kills.”
If you have any of the following symptoms – a persistent cough, swelling of your ankles or feet, regular shortness of breath, insomnia, or trouble sleeping, due to fluid in your lungs (similar to acid reflux), or other symptoms listed by the Mayo Clinic, below, — call 911, or visit your doctor, or emergency room; an EMT, or a trained health professional, often can quickly recognize this dangerous condition before it is too late, often with mobile tests. (Symptoms)
Life-threatening conditions potentially arising from Heart Failure include an enlarged heart, heart attack, and an embolism (e.g., blood clot).
Is there a way to check early signs of “The Silent Killer?” It is a condition with no symptoms, but it effects 30% of all Americans, and results in 60,000 deaths annually? Yes.
One way is to check your Blood Pressure regularly, or even every day.
Compare it to a Blood Pressure chart.
Heart Failure | Description
“Heart failure occurs when your heart muscle doesn’t pump blood as well as it should. When your heart doesn’t pump enough blood to meet your needs, blood often backs up and causes fluid to build up in your lungs (congest) and in your legs, causing your legs to swell and turn blue from lack of oxygenated blood flow (cyanosis). This fluid in your lungs can make you short of breath. Some types of heart failure can lead to an enlarged heart.” Source: Mayo Clinic – (c) Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Heart Failure (CHF) guide: CHF
Heart Failure | Illustration
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